3 Ways You Can Help Mass Shooting Victims and Their Families

After the mass shooting tragedies happened over the weekend, many are left wondering what they can do to help.  In El Paso, Texas, 20 people were killed and more than 24 others were injured after a man opened fire in a Walmart shopping complex.

In a separate shooting in the Oregon entertainment district of Dayton, Ohio, 9 more were killed – including the gunman’s sister, with 20+ others injured. We’ve compiled a list of things you can personally do, even if you aren’t located close to where the shootings occurred.

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Donate Blood

As news broke out, blood donation services became flooded with offers of help, but do you know how to make the first step yourself?  Call 877-258-4825 to make an appointment online, or visit Bloodhero.com.  You can select your state from a pulldown list.

If you are local to El Paso, you can donate blood at Vitalent Blood Services.  They are located at 133 N. Zaragoza Road in El Paso, and at 424 S. Mesa Hills Drive.

Lyft is offering rides to those interested in donating blood at certain blood centers, with their “Wheels for All Programs for Local El Paso Residents.”  You need only enter the code ELPRELIEF19, which can be used for two rides up to a $15 value each.

Donate Money

If you aren’t able or eligible to donate blood, consider donating financially.  The Dayton Foundation is accepting donations via their Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund at The Dayton Foundation, and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation has established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund.

Spread the Word

As expected, there are many people who could use grief counseling or help with locating family members who may have been involved in the shootings.  Spread word that a family reunification center has been set up at the McCarthur Middle School on Whittus Drive in El Paso.

For those in need of counseling, here are a few sources you can direct them to:

  • text HOME to 741741 to speak with a crisis counselor using the Crisis Text Line
  • call the Toll Free Crisis Hotline at 1-877-562-6467
  • call the Emergence Health Network Crisis Hotline at 915-779-1800